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  • Perdomo allows four runs in win over Mets
    Luis Perdomo surrendered four runs on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings in Thursday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Perdomo allowed just one run over his first six innings of work, but got into trouble after he trotted out to start the seventh. In that frame, he surrendered three hits, including an RBI double by Yoenis Cespedes. The final two runs on his line scored after he existed stage left with two outs. Perdomo will carry a 4.76 ERA and 1.55 WHIP into a home start against the Twins next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com 37 minutes ago
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  • Grand slam mars Weaver's return to Cardinals
    Luke Weaver allowed a grand slam in the fourth inning but nothing else, completing five innings in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

    Advice: Weaver cruised through three innings, striking out four in the process, but a leadoff double and a pair of walks got him into some serious trouble in the fourth. J.D. Martinez made him pay for it, muscling a fastball over the right field wall for a grand slam. Weaver didn't allow any more damage, giving up five hits and walking two in total, but it was enough to saddle him with his first loss of the year. The 23-year-old was making a start in place of injured Adam Wainwright, and although Waino is due back soon, the Cardinals' precarious situation as the trade deadline approaches makes Weaver a player worth holding onto until things sort themselves out on Monday. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:47 pm
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  • Mike Pelfrey knocked for five runs by Cubs
    Mike Pelfrey surrendered five runs on six hits over five-plus innings in Thursday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Pelfrey struck out three and walked two in the outing. He kept the Cubs off the scoreboard until the fourth inning, when he coughed up a solo home run to Anthony Rizzo and a two-run shot to Kyle Schwarber. In 19 appearances (17 starts) this season, the veteran right-hander has pitched to an unpalatable 4.73 ERA and 1.46 WHIP. Up next on the docket, a home start against the Blue Jays. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:49 pm
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  • Gsellman (hamstring) struggles in rehab start
    Robert Gsellman (hamstring) allowed three hits, one walk and one run over 2/3 of an inning Thursday in a rehab start for Double-A Binghamton.

    Advice: It was not a good outing for Gsellman, who was lifted after throwing just 26 pitches. Obviously he'll need at least a couple more appearances before he's ready to rejoin the Mets' rotation. A hamstring strain has sidelined the right-hander since late June. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:57 pm
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  • Pirates send Steven Brault back to Triple-A
    Pirates optioned LHP Steven Brault to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: That will clear a spot for Jordan Luplow, who is expected to be called up on Friday. Brault spent a few days with the big club, registering a 4.50 ERA across two relief appearances. He'll be back with the Bucs in September, if not sooner. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:16 pm
  • Rays considering adding Honeywell to bullpen
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Rays have "toyed with the idea" of calling up Brent Honeywell to pitch out of the bullpen.

    Advice: Honeywell took home MVP honors in the Futures Game earlier this month and may be the best pitching prospect left in the minor leagues. There's been no talk of promoting him to the big league rotation, but Tampa Bay isn't against using Honeywell as a reliever down the stretch, just as they did with David Price in 2008. The 22-year-old wouldn't be much help to fantasy owners in that capacity, but obviously all eyes will be on Honeywell when the phenom finally arrives in Tampa. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:01 pm
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  • Jaime Garcia a fallback option for Yankees?
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post believes Jaime Garcia could be viewed as a fallback option for the Yankees if the team is unable to acquire Sonny Gray.

    Advice: In a wild turn of events, the Twins are reportedly shopping a pitcher they just traded for. New York and Seattle were among Garcia's top suitors before his trade to Minnesota and the Yankees could pivot to him if talks with Gray fall through. As of now, Garcia is set to make his Twins debut Friday against Oakland. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:25 pm
  • Another strong start for Adams
    Yankees prospect Chance Adams allowed two runs on three hits over seven innings of work on Wednesday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Adams walked just two in the start, and struck out seven. A recent report came out that suggested that Adams wasn't a realistic option for the Yankees 2017 rotation. That's unfortunate, because all the right-hander has done is put up sensational numbers at the upper levels. It's understandable that the Yankees are protecting one of their best prospects, but it's also disappointing, because he looks ready. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:46 am
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  • Mahle goes seven strong
    Reds prospect Tyler Mahle gave up two runs in just over seven innings of work for Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday.

    Advice: Mahle allowed four hits on the afternoon, and he struck out six while walking just one. While not an unknown quantity coming into the year, Mahle's stuff has taken a step forward this year, and he's gone from fringe backend starter to legitimate top 100 prospect. He looks like he's ready for a big-league challenge, and he should be a part of the Reds rotation by this point in 2018. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:36 am
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  • Lopez fans 10 in five innings.
    White Sox prospect Reynaldo Lopez struck out 10 hitters in five innings of work on Wednesday for Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Lopez allowed two runs on four hits over those five innings, and he walked two. After struggling to miss bats -- at least for a pitcher with his stuff -- Lopez has been excellent as of late, showing the plus-plus fastball and above-average curveball that made him so highly touted in the first place. With the White Sox going absolutely nowhere, you should expect to see Lopez getting starts with Chicago before the end of 2017. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:24 am
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  • Luke Weaver called up to start on Thursday
    Cardinals recalled RHP Luke Weaver from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Weaver will start for the Cardinals on Thursday night against the Diamondbacks, though it might only be a one-off with Adam Wainwright (back) due to return from the disabled list next week. Weaver, a first-round pick in 2014, boasts a 1.81 ERA and 8.9 K/9 in 51 career minor league starts. He has a 5.26 ERA in 39 1/3 career major league innings. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:15 am
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  • Buehler bounces back
    Dodgers prospect Walker Buehler gave up one run on one hit in five innings of work for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

    Advice: Buehler looked much better in his second outing with Triple-A Oklahoma City, although considering he didn't get an out in his first start that may not be saying much. In all seriousness, Buehler looks ready to go, and the recent reports that suggest he could make a move to the bullpen make sense. Even if he's not getting saves, he can help a fantasy team because of his ability to miss bats and keep the baseball in the ballpark. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:13 am
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  • Kopech fans 12
    White Sox prospect Michael Kopech gave up just one run on two hits in six innings on Wednesday for Double-A Birmingham.

    Advice: Kopech also struck out 12, and most importantly, only walked two. Control is the biggest -- and maybe the only -- issue that can truly keep him from becoming an ace. His stuff is better than any pitcher in the minors right now. It's unlikely he pitches for Chicago in 2017, but a few more starts like this and they may just give him a chance. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:04 am
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  • Heaney (elbow) sharp in rehab start
    Andrew Heaney (elbow) struck out seven batters over 4 2/3 scoreless innings Wednesday in the Arizona League.

    Advice: Heaney also looked dominant in a rehab start last Thursday, striking out five batters in four scoreless frames, though he's facing teenagers in these Arizona League outings. The 26-year-old lefty should soon be cleared to advance his rehab assignment to one of the Angels' higher-level minor league affiliates and he could become an option for Anaheim's rotation around mid-to-late August. Heaney underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last July. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:41 am
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  • Brock Stewart has mixed results Wednesday
    Brock Stewart had mixed results in his spot start against the Twins on Wednesday, surrendering five runs (zero earned) on five hits in his 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The right-hander struck out two while walking one in the ballgame. His defense didn't do him any favors, as a pair of errors led to all five runs against him being unearned. It's unclear if he'll stick around in the rotation to make another start against the Braves next week. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:45 pm
  • James Shields struggles in loss to Cubs
    James Shields struggled in a losing effort against the Cubs on Wednesday, giving up five runs (three earned) on five hits in four-plus innings of work.

    Advice: Big Game James walked three and punched out four on the evening. He had allowed just one run through the first four innings, but the Cubs broke it open as the first four hitters reached to start the fifth inning, including a three-run double by Anthony Rizzo. Shields now owns a troublesome 5.86 ERA and 1.66 WHIP on the season. He’ll do battle against the Blue Jays his next time out and can continue to be avoided for fantasy purposes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Robert Gsellman (hamstring) set for rehab
    Robert Gsellman (hamstring) is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Double-A Binghamton.

    Advice: Gsellman was placed on the disabled list four weeks ago with a left hamstring strain and might need multiple rehab outings to get back on track. The 24-year-old right-hander has posted a highly disappointing 6.16 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 76 innings this season for New York. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:54 am
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  • Brock Stewart to start for LAD on Wednesday
    Brock Stewart will start for the Dodgers on Wednesday night against the Twins.

    Advice: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he expects to get 50-60 pitches out of Stewart, who worked as a reliever for Los Angeles in June. The 25-year-old right-hander could stick around for a while if Wednesday's outing goes well. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:36 pm
  • Weaver scratched from start at AAA Memphis
    Luke Weaver has been scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday night at Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: This change comes moments after the Cardinals announced that Adam Wainwright had been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a back injury. Weaver could fill Wainwright's spot in the rotation and may carry some fantasy streaming appeal as a former first-round pick with a shiny 1.81 ERA and 8.9 K/9 in 51 career minor league starts. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:33 pm
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  • Jaime Garcia to make Twins debut Friday
    Jaime Garcia will make his Twins debut on Friday in Oakland.

    Advice: Garcia was acquired via trade from the Braves on Monday. The Twins have not announced yet whose spot in the rotation he'll take, but Bartolo Colon would certainly appear to be vulnerable. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:32 pm
  • For real this time: Twins get Jaime Garcia
    Twins acquired LHP Jaime Garcia, C Anthony Recker and cash considerations from the Braves in exchange for RHP Huascar Ynoa.

    Advice: The two sides tentatively agreed to a trade last week, but it was nixed due to physical concerns with Nick Burdi (elbow), who had been slated to go to Atlanta in the deal. Garcia has been up-and-down this season, posting a 4.30 ERA and 85/41 K/BB ratio over 113 innings, but he should offer Minnesota more reliable work at the back of their rotation. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:22 pm
  • Adams not a realistic option for 2017
    According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, Chance Adams is not considered a realistic rotation option for 2017.

    Advice: As such, the Yankees are still seeking a starter on the trade market. Adams has dominated with a 1.92 ERA over 19 starts this season between Double- and Triple-A this season, but he's still working on a third pitch and isn't far off from approaching his career-high in innings pitched. The Yankees would prefer to not throw him into the fire this soon, if possible. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:18 am
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  • Honeywell strikes out 11
    Rays prospect Brent Honeywell gave up two runs over five innings for Triple-A Durham on Sunday.

    Advice: Honeywell allowed only four hits over those five innings, and he struck out 11 while walking just one. It was a sensational start for the Rays' top pitching prospect, and he looks like he's ready to contribute to a big-league staff. The Rays are certainly in contention, and an arm like Honeywell could help put them into one of the two wild card spots. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:08 am
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  • Brewers considering lefty Jaime Garcia
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Jaime Garcia is "among the names" on the Brewers' radar.

    Advice: Crasnick notes that the Brewers "are considering both long-term and rental starters at trade deadline." Garcia had appeared headed to the Twins last week in a trade, but it fell apart. It's possible he could still wind up in Minnesota, but there are multiple clubs interested in him now. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:48 am
  • Pelfrey keeps Royals in check in no-decision
    Mike Pelfrey held the Royals to one run on two hits, albeit with six walks, over five innings in a no-decision Saturday.

    Advice: Pelfrey had trouble throwing strikes but it worked for him, as he kept the Royals offense off-balance for most of the night. Unfortunately for Big Pelf, he pitches for the White Sox, so he can't have nice things like wins. The no-decision leaves his record at 3-7 with a 4.46 ERA and 1.45 WHIP through 18 appearances, including 16 starts, to date. The 33-year-old will seek the elusive win Thursday against the Cubs. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:31 pm
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  • Perdomo yields four runs in six innings vs SF
    Luis Perdomo let in four runs -- one earned -- through six innings and settled for a no-decision as his team lost to the Giants in extra innings on Saturday.

    Advice: He surrendered eight base hits and two walks while striking out four in the ballgame. An error on shortstop Allen Cordoba led to three unearned runs in the fourth inning. Perdomo helped himself at the plate by driving in two runs with a triple in the fourth inning. Prior to last season Perdomo was plucked from the Cardinals' system as a Rule 5 draft pick and jumped from Single-A ball straight to the major leagues. His record holds at 4-5 with a 4.94 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in 16 starts this season. He has 73 strikeouts and 35 walks in 91 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:21 pm
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  • Pirates call up Brault, place Polanco on DL
    Pirates recalled LHP Steven Brault from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Brault had been scheduled to start for Indianapolis on Saturday but instead he'll join the Pirates' bullpen. The 25-year-old logged a mediocre 4.86 ERA over eight outings including seven starts for Pittsburgh in 2016. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:28 pm
  • Twins deal for Garcia stalled due to medicals
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the potential deal between the Braves and Twins for Jaime Garcia stalled out due to the Braves' medical concern over one of the Twins' prospects that would have headed back in the trade.

    Advice: Rosenthal notes that while both sides are now working alternative trade possibilities, the two sides could still revive the deal and get something done. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:28 am
  • Jaime Garcia hits grand slam in victory
    Jaime Garcia allowed three runs over seven innings and hit a grand slam off Alex Wood to lead the Braves to a 12-3 rout of the Dodgers on Friday.

    Advice: One of the more surprising results of the season, in no small part because a Garcia trade to Minnesota seemed all but finalized 24 hours earlier. Garcia helped his stock some with a fine outing against the NL's hottest and probably best team. He's won two straight to get to 4-7 with a 4.30 ERA for the year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:55 pm
  • Shields gives up six runs vs. Royals
    James Shields was knocked around for six runs over 4 1/3 innings against the Royals on Friday.

    Advice: Shields didn’t factor into the decision. He gave up 10 hits (including a solo homer to Mike Moustakas) and walked three. He’s now allowed six runs in three out of his six starts since returning from the disabled list. His days of fantasy relevance appear numbered. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:07 pm
  • Jaime Garcia expected to start for ATL Friday
    Jaime Garcia is expected to make his scheduled start with the Braves on Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Thursday that the Braves had agreed to trade Garcia to the Twins, but at the very least the deal appears to be on life support, if not dead. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick says that the Braves are "still talking to a number of clubs" about the left-hander. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:36 pm
  • Twins' trade for SP Garcia could fall through
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Twins' trade for Jaime Garcia could fall through.

    Advice: Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Thursday that the two sides had reached an agreement on a trade, but there appears to be a snag. Garcia has a long history of injury issues, especially involving his pitching shoulder, so it's possible a physical issue might be the concern. Garcia is currently still penciled in to start for the Braves on Friday against the Dodgers, but Aaron Blair is in Los Angeles and will fill in if the deal goes through. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:31 am
  • Twins and Braves finalizing Jaime Garcia deal
    According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Twins and Braves are not expected to complete their Jaime Garcia trade on Thursday night but the deal is "very close to final."

    Advice: The trade is expected to be a one-for-one swap with the Braves acquiring a minor league prospect from the Twins. Per Berardino, the Braves are paying only a small portion of Garcia's remaining $4.79 million salary with Minnesota covering the rest. The two sides are sifting through medical records as we speak. That process could take a while given Garcia's lengthy injury history. Assuming all the medical reports check out, Garcia could be in line to make his Twins debut this weekend against the Tigers. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:04 pm
  • Report: Twins close to landing Jaime Garcia
    According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Twins are "close" to acquiring Jaime Garcia from the Braves.

    Advice: Garcia had been scheduled to start Friday night's game against the Dodgers but the Braves just scratched Aaron Blair from his scheduled outing Thursday for Triple-A Gwinnett, a sure sign that he's headed to the big leagues to replace Garcia. The left-hander would only be a rental as his contract is up at the end of the year but he'd be a great addition to Minnesota's starting rotation, which is relatively thin beyond All-Star Ervin Santana and rising star Jose Berrios. The Royals and Yankees were also said to be interested in Garcia, who sports a 4.33 ERA over 17 starts this season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:04 pm
  • Lopez dominates with 12 strikeouts
    White Sox prospect Reynaldo Lopez struck out 12 hitters over seven innings of work on Sunday for Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Lopez gave up only two hits and one run, and he walked just two. It was a sensational effort from the former Nationals prospect, and it comes at an opportune time. The White Sox are clearly in rebuild mode, and there are certainly spots in the rotation up for grabs. Another start or two like this and he'll be pitching in Chicago, likely for the remainder of the year. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 10:03 am
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